Primitive 1 (2010)
Painting by Michael Lawrence


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Michael Lawrence

United Kingdom

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This is one of seventeen large pictures made on sturdy card with pastels, charcoal, a little acrylic, sprays of one kind or another, and varnishes: freeform drawing wantonly avoiding ‘perfection’, of male and female forms surrounded by and containing a not entirely haphazard scribble tactic.

This series was produced in a single steamy month in a makeshift studio beside the Great North Road in Cambridgeshire following a period in which I produced a great many very precise drawings and carefully formulated paintings. A solitary August in a hot studio with large sheets of curling card tacked all around the walls prompted me to break away from precision and let my hand go wherever it wished – and once I’d started there was no stopping me. Primitives 1-17 were made one after the other throughout that month, ending only when I felt that I had take the theme and imagery as far as I could without repeating myself.

These pictures have been kept in a large folder since their creation and never exhibited or otherwise displayed.

Materials used:

Pastels, charcoal, some acrylic

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